According to RealFight PH former world champions will collide on December 21st to crown an interim IBF Super Bantamweight champion.
The site states that sources have informed them that former WBO Bantamweight champion Marlon Tapales (33-2, 16) will face off with former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑].
At the moment the bout hasn't been confirmed though does appear to fit in with what has been widely known.
Iwasa is the IBF mandatory for WBA/IBF unified champion Daniel Roman, who was injured earlier this year, and Tapales is the next highest ranked contender. Iwasa hasn't fought since becoming the mandatory challenger, way back in February when he beat Cesar Juarez, whilst Tapales has scored a couple of stay busy this years but nothing too meaningful.
It's already looking like Japanese promoters are looking to completely fill up the month of December with notable bouts and this fits that as well. However there is, as mentioned, nothing yet confirming this bout or where it will take place. We would assume in Tokyo, but that's certainly not a foregone conclusion.
We would expect this bout to be confirmed in the coming week or two, if it is indeed taking place. If it does then the winner of this would be very interested in the bout between Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], if or when, that takes place. It was supposed to be in September, before Roman suffered an injury in training, and has yet to be rescheduled.
Earlier this evening a trio of Central Asian hopefuls each picked up stoppage wins in New York.
The first of those was Azeri Heavyweight Magomedrasul Majidov (1-0, 1) [Магомедрасул Меджидов]. The debutant Majidov, who has long been a dominant Heavyweight in the amateurs, was surprisingly dropped by Ed Fountain (12-7, 5) in the second round, but he came back and forced a stoppage of the American late in the 4th round. There has got to be some worries about Majidov, who turns 33 next week, but given his age he also needs to be fast tracked.
The second of the Central Asian trio to pick up a win was Murodjon Akhmadaliev (7-0, 6) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович], who scored an easy win over Wilner Soto (22-7, 12), also in the 4th round. Originally Akhmadaliev was pencilled in to fight for the IBF and WBA "super" Super Bantamweight titles, before Danny Roman suffered an injury in training. Rather than take the night off Akhmadaliev just used Soto as a human punch bag en route to just latest win in what is likely to be a tune up for his eventual world title bout.
The third of the trio was 2016 Olympic champion Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4) [Данияр Маратұлы Елеусінов]. Despite being the final of the hopefuls in action is performance was the most impressive, as he blew away the previously unbeaten Reshard Hicks (12-1-1, 6), inside a round. The unbeaten Kazakh has blown hot and cold, but today's performance was definitely a hot, and he dropped Hicks in the first 2 minutes, before forcing a stoppage soon afterwards.
The excellent espndeportes has sadly broke the news that the much anticipated clash between Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10), the WBA" super" and IBF Super Bantamweight champion, and mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович] is set to be delayed from the September 13th date.
The site report that Roman has injured his left shoulder in training and won't be fit in time for the September date, with the actual extent of the injury currently being unclear.
The talented champion has sprained his shoulder, and despite efforts to recover, including some acupuncture, the pain has returned. That has left unable to train and obviously unable to fight.
The big worry now is that the injury will force a lengthy break from the ring for the champion who may require surgery. We suspect after Roman's injury is fully understood we'll see both the IBF and WBA assess the situation and possibly go down the interim title route, given both titles have mandatory challengers. Alternatively this bout may just be rescheduled for a few months time if Roman's injury is less severe than feared.
The original news story, broken in Spanish, can be read here.
Over the last few hours we've seen significant sites report that the Super Bantamweight title bout between Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10), the WBA" super" and IBF champion, and WBA mandatory challenger Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович].
The bout had been rumoured as potentially heading to Uzbekistan, after Akhmadaliev's promoter, World of Sport, won the purse bid. Now, however, seems like it will be taking place in the US with more money being put on the table for bother fighter by Eddie Hearn, who co-promotes both of the fighters.
The bout is being eyed for a September card featuring Devin Haney and Zaur Abdullaev in Las Vegas, in what will be the main event of the show.
The card is also said to be the home of a notable female clash between Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano and a bout between Michael Hunter and Sergey Kuzmin, himself a World of Sport promoted fighter.
Originally this news was broken in July by the excellent allboxing.ru though it's only been today that it's really looking like it's become a confirmed plan, with multiple reliable sources now backing the story up.
If the bout goes ahead in September Akhmadaliev will be getting his first world title bout after just 19 months in the professional ranks. A really impressive rise to such a big fight, and proof of what Word of Sport can do for their prospects.
(Image courtesy of vsenabox.ru)
Earlier today the WBA held the purse bid for their Super Bantamweight mandatory title fight between champion Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10) and unbeaten Uzbek Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5) [Ахмадалиев, Муроджон Кахарович]. The purse bid had come about after the sides failed to reach an agreement on purses and it was a rather odd one, with only World of Boxing, the promoter of Akhmadaliev, even tabling a bid.
The bid from the Russian promoter was $145,000, a disappointingly low purse for a bout that will not only have the WBA title on the line but also the IBF title, with Roman being a unified champion following his thrilling win over TJ Doheny earlier in the year.
The bid came with 3 proposed dates and locations of the bout. Those proposals were Tashkent, Uzbekistan on September 21st, St. Petersburg, Russia a week later, on September 28th; or Los Angeles, on September 14th.
Interestingly Roman had been announced for a card in Mexico in August, with that bout now looking like it could be off due to this purse bid, a purse bid that was announced as taking place over a week ago. It's also worth noting that Roman will also have an IBF mandatory due in the near future, against Ryosuke Iwasa (26-3, 16) [岩佐 亮佑], so he may end up not being a unified champion for too long, sadly, due to the ever frustrating politics of sport and the inactivity of fighters at the top.
Originally it was assumed the two teams would come to a relatively easy agreement, given that both are co-promoted by Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn, with the champion being promoted by Thompson Boxing and Akhmadaliev being promoted World of Boxing. The fact a deal couldn't be arranged is rather worrying, though it does seem like their could be something else at play here, and we wouldn't be surprised to at least another twist in the tale for this bout.
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